Patrick Hoard (North Kansas City, Mo.) has heard the stories about his father, J.J. Smith, when Smith was a star running back at Kansas State. Smith was considered one of the Wildcats’ all-time greatest running backs and went on to play in the NFL with the Chiefs.
Hoard hopes to one day follow his father’s footsteps. In the meantime, he’s looking to improve his resume as a quarterback for North Kansas City. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound lefty, Hoard threw for roughly 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior and has plans on impressing schools at upcoming camps, combines and visits -- Kansas State in particular.
“I’ve been really interested in Kansas State since my freshman year,” Hoard said. “I walk in the stadium there, and I love the atmosphere on game days. Going to Aggieville downtown, you see that the fans are great. The coaches there are pretty nice. It only helps that my dad played there.”
Hoard said he’s been to four games and three camps at Kansas State since his freshman year, and he knows the coaching staff well. The offseason is extremely important for Hoard, as he looks to improve his stock and possibly score that Kansas State offer he desires -- as well as other offers. Hoard currently has looks from Penn and Southeast Missouri State. Missouri also is in the mix.
“Recruiting so far is going pretty good,” Hoard said. “I’ve been getting a lot more attention, but I grew up talking about K-State. My dad pretty much is letting me make my own decision, and he’s open to whatever school I decide, but if K-State offers, that’s where I want to go.”